New Student Orientation

For Undergraduate Students

Summer Reading

As part of joining the Cal Lutheran community, all first-year students are asked to participate in a common reading.  In past years we have always chosen a book, but for this fall our common reading will be the music of composer Morten Lauridsen.  A 2007 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Lauridsen is Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. You will have an opportunity to meet the composer and to hear selections of his music performed by CLU students and faculty during the fall semester.

To prepare for your work in the first-year seminar, we’d like you to read and reflect on the booklet before arriving on campus in August.  Entitled Morten Lauridsen’s Waldron Island Reflections, the booklet includes images and transcript excerpts from a documentary film we will watch together in the fall. In addition to reading the booklet, we have provided you the following website links, which will introduce you to Lauridsen’s music:  


Morten Lauridsen Home Page

University of Utah Singers- Sure on this Shining Night

Morten Lauridsen- How to Write a Song

Morten Lauridsen- Dirait-on

Winchester Cathedral Choir- O Magnum Mysterium

The Wartburg Choir- "Prayer" by Morten Lauridsen, poem by Dana Gioia

Shining Night Film Website

Pearson Library's First Year Experience Site





Past Summer Readings

  • 2013: Peter Balakian, Black Dog of Fate
  • 2012: Rodes Fishburne, Going to See the Elephant
  • 2011: Sonia Nazario, Enrique's Journey
  • 2010: Kao Kalia Yang, The Latehomecomer
  • 2009: Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
  • 2008: Julie Otsuka, When the Emperor was Divine
  • 2007: Jonathan Safron Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Next: Orientation Checklist

Feedback Form